Free to use sites

These have data that is free to access.

Family Search

The Mormon Church maintains www.familysearch.org which has an extensive collection of vital records as well as census and many other sources worldwide.

The default search method is Soundex so names included in results are ones that sound like the name you enter. You will probably need to use the advanced search to limit your search to exact spellings.

FreeBMD

FreeBMD is an on-going project to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family, which also includes FreeREG (Parish Registers) and FreeCen (Census)